This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Ireland on a 10 Day Faculty led Agriculture tour. Dr. Fox made an excellent itinerary for our trip to Ireland. We visited Dublin, then went to the more rural areas of Galway and Sligo. We toured the Guinness Storehouse, National Irish horse stud, sheep farm, cattle auction house, University of Dublin dairy, Country Crest and many other points of interest for agriculture majors. I was nervous to go out of the country at first, but overall it was an unforgettable experience that I’ll never forget.
1. Make copies of your passport/license/credit cards: I made copies of all of my important documents before leaving the country just in case my purse got stolen or lost.
2. Be open to experiencing new things: Try new foods, go on a hike, talk to the locals.
3. Exchange money before arriving in a foreign country: I learned that it is best to exchange currency in the US before you leave so that you know the exchange rate and don’t lose a lot of money.
4. Sleep on the plane: Take advantage of the down time on the long plane ride over the ocean, you’ll be thankful you did when you arrive. Take sleeping pills if you need to.
5. Watch out for thieves: Pickpocketers are always looking for tourists to take advantage of…you will stick out. It is best to have your money in a few different bags so that you don’t lose everything if you lose your purse.
6. Put down your cellphone: Your cell phone probably won’t work anyways and even if it does, don’t use it because it will cost you!!
7. Meet new people: I went with 25 people I didn’t know and came back feeling like a family, make connections!
8. Take more than enough pictures: All your friends and family members will want to see what you got to see, so don’t forget your camera!
9. Embrace the culture: Take some time to learn about the history and the culture of the country that you visit so that you can better understand it once you arrive!
10. Have Fun!
The best part of the trip was going with a few friends and making many new friends along the way. I encourage everyone to try a study abroad experience while they are in college!